August 21, 2005 Subject:
Damn you Mr. Smith.
An overview about the construction of one of the main attractions of the 1964 Worlds Fair, the Unisphere. This huge hunk of steel looks to have been one nightmare to construct, with people being forced to design on a curved surface, having 3 cranes (!!) to lug pieces in to place, and its final glory. There is also an overview of past icons of world fairs. I liked this movie. It showed how one marvel can be constructed. Its too bad the whole thing was destroyed by alien crime fighters in 1997 though,
February 28, 2003 Subject:
This film is a wonderful tribute to a perhaps overlooked monument from the enthusiastic early 1960's. You rarely see the unisphere unless it is the backdrop for an action film or science fiction. A pity. This film is a fascinating look at the conceptualization and creation of a truly fine peice of sculpture.
Discusses concepts of design behind the unisphere of the U S Steel Corporation, and its construction at the New York World's Fair.
Ken Smith sez: "The biggest world on Earth." "The largest representation of our globe ever attempted." "The largest stainless steel structure ever built." This U.S. Steel presentation is full of hyperbole, but so what? This film features lots of construction footage and countless references to the Eiffel Tower -- but no mention of the infinitely superior Terrestrial Globe at the Paris Expo of 1900.
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